As of this Friday, November 26, “a decree will again make it compulsory to wear a mask everywhere indoors” in places open to the public, including places where the health pass is requested, announced on Thursday the Minister of Health Olivier Véran. Furthermore, “the prefects will also be empowered to make it compulsory to wear a mask for outdoor events, such as for example Christmas markets”, which will be subject to the health pass, “or flea markets”, he clarified.
An announcement that is rather difficult to get through, as the 1pm newscast could see in a brewery in Issy-les-Moulineaux. “We are vaccinated, we have done what is necessary so we no longer want the mask”, reacts for example Raymond Kouloghiannis, waiter at the restaurant “The columns”, in the video at the top of this article. A feeling shared by consumers: “The wearing of the mask obligatory in the restaurants, I find that a little unfair because we were nevertheless proud to find our freedoms”one of them laments, leaning on the bar.
Meanwhile, in Lille, François Carpentier, tobacconist, tries to put things into perspective. “The most important thing is to avoid confinement because we simply need to work. We are not likely to stay at home and close down”, he said.
On a case-by-case basis outdoors
In detail, the mask therefore becomes mandatory again in bars and restaurants, except obviously when you consume, in the cinema, in sports halls or in museums. Even if in most of the latter, the mask must already be worn during the visits, as explained to TF1 Denis Butaye, the director of the French museum of the playing card. “Since the reopening of the museums, since May, we are already in this type of precaution and this protocol is applied. What could have changed, it is a question of gauge, but obviously that is not what was decided “, he emphasizes.
Outside, the mask will be worn on a case-by-case basis, according to prefectural directives, but the government recommends putting it on in large places of concentration. At the Lille Christmas market, it is already compulsory, in addition to the health pass, and that does not seem to pose a problem: “We really want to relive the holidays as we like to live them and the mask, we are used to now”, advances a local woman. The tea vendor next door seems a little more circumspect. “We need to lower the mask to feel what we are going to buy, what will please us, but hey we do with it. And then, that does not affect the good mood of everyone. There is always a lot. people on the Christmas market “, he says.
Some even see it as an advantage. “We are so used to wearing it and then when it’s cold, it warms us up”, two Lille girls have fun. Everything is therefore a question of point of view.
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